Faculty Transitions at YC
There are a number of changes to the faculty fall of 2012, including three faculty members who are “retiring” to classrooms at YC--donating their expertise and time to the students.
York College recognizes with gratitude the decades of service to students provided by two distinguished faculty members who are leaving YC for other opportunities: Dr. Kathleen Wheeler, professor of education, and Michael Becker, associate professor of psychology. Both have served as department chairs for many years, working hard to ensure the quality of their programs. They have been a blessing to thousands of students on our campus.
E.A. Levitt School of Business
Steven W. Thompson, CPA, joins the faculty as an associate professor. He will teach accounting as well as other business courses. Thompson attended York College in 1976 and '77. He continued his education at the University of Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s in accounting. He also holds a master’s degree in accounting and taxation from the University of Hartford, in West Hartford, Conn. He has experience in academia as well as the corporate world. For the past seven years, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Hartford, Barney School of Business.
Jaclyn Spivey joins the faculty as an assistant professor of psychology and chair of the department. She holds a PhD in psychology with an emphasis in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Texas Austin. Previously, she taught at Austin Community College and Hutson-Tillotson University in Austin.
York College board member Edward J. Bailey will take on a new role when he steps into the classroom this fall to teach courses in criminal justice and business. Bailey holds a Juris Doctorate and has had a long career in the legal field. Currently he is an attorney and the director of immigration legal services for YMCA in Houston, Texas. Bailey is also a licensed attorney in Nebraska.
Bailey and his wife Louise, as well as Dr. Terry Kite, will be volunteering their time at YC.
Dr. Louise Bailey will join the education faculty. She has been an educator working with preschool, elementary, junior high and high school students for more than 20 years in a variety of classroom settings. Bailey holds a master’s degree in human development and the family from UNL, and a EdD in curriculum and instruction from Tennessee State University.
Dr. Hillrey Dufner will join the faculty as a professor of education. He earned a PhD from Texas A&M University and has over 30 years of classroom and administrative experience at all levels of education, from elementary to graduate studies. He has also written a series of educational books for young readers as well as several adult novels.
Christopher Luther has been with York College since 1998. He holds a masters degree in education from Southern Adventist University. In addition to teaching, he has also held the role of athletic director and head soccer coach at YC. He is stepping down from his roles in athletics to take on full time classroom responsibilities as an assistant professor of education. He will also serve as coordinator of faculty development and instructional technology.
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Dr. Terry Kite will rejoin the YC faculty as an associate professor of physics. Kite has taught at several other institutions, most recently at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. From 1975 to 1979 and 1981 to 1987, Kite taught at YC, earning the Teacher of the Year commendation in 1987. Kite earned a master’s degree at the University of Michigan and a PhD at the University of Wyoming. He has an impressive list of research publications and presentations to his credit.
FIne Arts and Communication
Shannon Leinen joined the faculty in 2010 as an adjunct instructor and was recently promoted to full-time status as an assistant professor of communication and forensics. In addition to the classes she will teach, she will also coach the competitive speech team. Leinen holds an MBA from Harding University and a master’s degree in communication from Gonzaga University. Since beginning her career at YC in 2007, she has worked in a number of capacities including admissions recruiter and assistant soccer coach.
Christi Lones has served as an adjunct instructor of history at York College since 2008. She joins the full-time faculty as an assistant professor this fall. She holds a master’s of liberal studies in history from Fort Hays State University. Lones has been at York College since 2004. Prior to her role in the classroom, she served in admissions as director and in student services as the director of student activities.